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Florida prosecutor grants DNA testing for 2nd death row case

DNA Evidence
Posted at 2:30 PM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 14:30:18-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in recent weeks, a Florida prosecutor is granting DNA testing for a death row inmate who has maintained his innocence for more than four decades.

State Attorney Monique Worrell in Orlando has agreed to grant a request from 72-year-old Henry Sireci to test a denim jacket, a hair and half a dozen other pieces of evidence, including bloody towels.

Sireci was convicted of stabbing to death Howard Poteet, an Orlando used car lot owner, on Dec. 3, 1975, and 7-Eleven clerk John Leonard Short three days before.

He has maintained his innocence over the decades.